ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Opposition MP Gaston Browne responded guardedly to Minister Louis Farrakhan’s passionate call, at an economic empowerment forum yesterday, for the end of political divisiveness between the two parties.
“I don’t want to see the two parties killing each other, destroying the possibility of the strength of Antigua & Barbuda conquering our many problems,” the Nation of Islam leader said.
“It is going to take the unity of both parties, with opposition leader, Bird, sitting down with the Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer, and both … looking at the problems of Antigua & Barbuda and the West Indies and making a solution to our problem,” he continued.
Farrakhan made the request, as he looked squarely at politicians from both parties who sat in the front row.
As the minister spoke, the auditorium erupted in cheers and applause from the thousands who attended the “Power of Caribbean Unity and Black Economics” forum.
In interviews with OBSERVER Media after the event, both parties responded to the unexpected comments.
“We may have our differences, we may see things differently, but we need to come together and arrive at a common position. What is in the best interest of Antigua & Barbuda? I think that is the message that he was sending and I have to agree that that is the way to go,” Spencer said.
Browne admitted to the existence of political divide within the country and called Farrakhan’s comments “very timely.”
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